Watch an Expert Woodworker Build a Traditional Large Format Camera


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Patrick Sullivan is a woodworker with over 50 years of experience under his belt. In this 15-minute video, Sullivan shares how he spent the last couple of months building a traditional large format camera — a project that kept him “absolutely fascinated.”

Before sharing his particular build process, Sullivan first gives a brief history of large format cameras, from the simple, large, and unwieldy cameras used in the first half-century of photography to the beautiful devices that emerged as the art form grew and evolved.

Sullivan notes that allowing the film plane to be tilted and the lens to

Continue reading “Watch an Expert Woodworker Build a Traditional Large Format Camera”

How to Photograph Your Own Eye


This post is by Maximilian Simson from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




The world of macro photography is full of fascinating subjects, but eyes and irises have got to be among the most mesmerizing ones. As with most captivating subjects, capturing it can be quite a challenge.

In this article, I will share tips, tricks, and all the know-how you’ll need to create photographs, just like the one above, yourself.

At this point, I should mention, that the best image quality will be achieved by the use of a flash, and therefore the first challenge will be to find a willing subject/model.

In this article, I will teach you how to photograph

Continue reading “How to Photograph Your Own Eye”

How to Make a LIDAR-Driven Motorized Film Carrier

Despite what some people think about LIDAR for cars, in the near future it is foreseeable that this technology will take its rightful place in our daily lives. Not just for cars but with almost anything and everything. We have already seen Apple’s new iPad and iPhone utilizing this technology. I wanted to see if I could use a LIDAR, in its most fundamental function, on a film carrier that is printed on a 3D printer.

After using EPSON’s v600 and v700, and DigitaLIZA from Lomography, I wanted to make a versatile film carrier that would help digitize film negatives

Continue reading “How to Make a LIDAR-Driven Motorized Film Carrier”

Restoring an 85-Year-Old Leica Camera


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Maximilian Heinrich of Analog Insights recently inherited an 85-year-old Leica camera and handed it off to his friend Jules for repair and restoration. This 15-minute video is about the camera’s journey from nearly being passed on to a camera store to being brought back to form.

When visiting his aunt for a weekend, Max was told that he could look through a bag of cameras that his uncle wanted to get rid of. One of the cameras was a Leica IIIa (upgraded with Leica IIIf features) complete with a lens, case, manual, and accessories.

The camera was a bit dirty

Continue reading “Restoring an 85-Year-Old Leica Camera”

Restoring an 85-Year-Old Leica Camera


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Maximilian Heinrich of Analog Insights recently inherited an 85-year-old Leica camera and handed it off to his friend Jules for repair and restoration. This 15-minute video is about the camera’s journey from nearly being passed on to a camera store to being brought back to form.

When visiting his aunt for a weekend, Max was told that he could look through a bag of cameras that his uncle wanted to get rid of. One of the cameras was a Leica IIIa (upgraded with Leica IIIf features) complete with a lens, case, manual, and accessories.

The camera was a bit dirty

Continue reading “Restoring an 85-Year-Old Leica Camera”

Shooting Portraits Inside a London COVID Hospital


This post is by Slater King from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




I first came to the hospital back in June, having decided that the stories and experiences of the front line staff shouldn’t be forgotten. We’d all seen inside the Italian hospitals, but when the virus hit the UK, there was nothing coming out of the UK, so I made it my mission to gain access and document the life and death struggles going on behind closed doors.

This project is unique, and through it, we have a chance to see what it was like inside a COVID hospital at the peak of the pandemic and hear from the front line

Continue reading “Shooting Portraits Inside a London COVID Hospital”

Shooting Portraits Inside a London COVID Hospital


This post is by Slater King from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




I first came to the hospital back in June, having decided that the stories and experiences of the front line staff shouldn’t be forgotten. We’d all seen inside the Italian hospitals, but when the virus hit the UK, there was nothing coming out of the UK, so I made it my mission to gain access and document the life and death struggles going on behind closed doors.

This project is unique, and through it, we have a chance to see what it was like inside a COVID hospital at the peak of the pandemic and hear from the front line

Continue reading “Shooting Portraits Inside a London COVID Hospital”

Shooting with 35mm Film That Expired 20 Years Ago


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Photographer Mathieu Stern recently got his hands on a handful of cheap expired film rolls to see what results he could get out of them. You can see his experiment in this 5-minute video.

One commonly cited rule of thumb for shooting expired film is to add an extra stop of exposure for every decade since the film expired. So if you’re shooting an ISO 1600 roll of film that expired 20 years ago, you should shoot as though it were an ISO 400 roll.

For a more in-depth guide to shooting expired film that will serve you better than

Continue reading “Shooting with 35mm Film That Expired 20 Years Ago”

Shooting with 35mm Film That Expired 20 Years Ago


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Photographer Mathieu Stern recently got his hands on a handful of cheap expired film rolls to see what results he could get out of them. You can see his experiment in this 5-minute video.

One commonly cited rule of thumb for shooting expired film is to add an extra stop of exposure for every decade since the film expired. So if you’re shooting an ISO 1600 roll of film that expired 20 years ago, you should shoot as though it were an ISO 400 roll.

For a more in-depth guide to shooting expired film that will serve you better than

Continue reading “Shooting with 35mm Film That Expired 20 Years Ago”

Photog Builds LEGO 4×5 Camera After Being Forced to Sell Favorite Camera


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




A photographer in Japan was forced to sell his favorite camera earlier this year after being impacted by the COVID-19 recession. Instead of letting that put a stop to his art, he decided to build his own 4×5 large format camera… using LEGO blocks.

The photographer, who goes by @wagoimages on social media, pulled out some boxes of LEGOs and built himself the camera on a tabletop, combining the popular children’s toy with a lens, bellows, and ground glass.

The photographer has been traveling all over Japan, shooting beautiful photos with the unusual camera.

The two spirit levels on the

Continue reading “Photog Builds LEGO 4×5 Camera After Being Forced to Sell Favorite Camera”

This is How Photojournalists Got Shots of Trump Golfing


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




President Trump was golfing on Saturday when most mainstream media outlets called the 2020 presidential election, projecting former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner. A few photojournalists managed to capture photos of Trump by shooting with ultra-telephoto camera lenses from nearly a mile away across the Potomac River.

Photojournalist Al Drago shared an interesting behind-the-scenes view of how he, AP photographer Pat Semansky, and Washington Post staff photographer Jabin Botsford ran along a riverfront footpath to get the shots they were after.

This is How Photojournalists Got Shots of Trump Golfing


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




President Trump was golfing on Saturday when most mainstream media outlets called the 2020 presidential election, projecting former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner. A few photojournalists managed to capture photos of Trump by shooting with ultra-telephoto camera lenses from nearly a mile away across the Potomac River.

Photojournalist Al Drago shared an interesting behind-the-scenes view of how he, AP photographer Pat Semansky, and Washington Post staff photographer Jabin Botsford ran along a riverfront footpath to get the shots they were after.

Duo Shoots a Wet Plate Photo Together Despite a 7000km Separation


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




With the current state of affairs, photographers have been coming up with unique ways to exercise their craft remotely. Photographer Markus Hofstaetter decided he wanted to make a portrait with a friend and came up with a way to do it despite the vast distance between them.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hofstaetter has been unable to travel to see friends, let alone take photos with them. Still, he did not want to simply do nothing.

“We couldn’t do a lot of things because of the pandemic, but I won’t let this get me down,” he writes in his blog

Continue reading “Duo Shoots a Wet Plate Photo Together Despite a 7000km Separation”

Duo Shoots a Wet Plate Photo Together Despite a 7000km Separation


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




With the current state of affairs, photographers have been coming up with unique ways to exercise their craft remotely. Photographer Markus Hofstaetter decided he wanted to make a portrait with a friend and came up with a way to do it despite the vast distance between them.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hofstaetter has been unable to travel to see friends, let alone take photos with them. Still, he did not want to simply do nothing.

“We couldn’t do a lot of things because of the pandemic, but I won’t let this get me down,” he writes in his blog

Continue reading “Duo Shoots a Wet Plate Photo Together Despite a 7000km Separation”

This is a Blacklight Photo Print Made with Screen Printing


This post is by Michael Zhang from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




The Seoul gallery Blackmarket recently created a blacklight print of a photo by Seoul-based cyberpunk photographer Noe Alonzo. This 3-minute behind-the-scenes video shows how the print is made using screenprinting.

For the lengthy printing process, Blackmarket uses ultraviolet powders and mixes them into a clear oil-based ink as a replacement for basic CMYK.

Using 250GSM matte-black softboard, the printer works from lightest to darkest layers in this ink order: white base, bright yellow, magenta, cyan, white highlights, and finally rich black.

200 mesh screens are used to capture fine details, so the liquids (which are mixed with a slow drying

Continue reading “This is a Blacklight Photo Print Made with Screen Printing”

An Artist’s Detailed Process of Turning the Concept of ‘Writing’ into a Photo


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Photographer Alper Yesiltas has shared a detailed breakdown of how he came up with and executed a photo idea that embodied the idea of both “to read” and “to write.” While “to read” came to him quickly, “to write” took considerably more time and effort.

You may remember Yesiltas as the Turkish photographer who PetaPixel featured in 2018 for photo project that captured the same window for 12 years. This time, he challenged himself to make visible the idea of reading and writing.

His first image titled “To Read,” Yesiltas interpreted the idea through a burning newspaper, and the

Continue reading “An Artist’s Detailed Process of Turning the Concept of ‘Writing’ into a Photo”

An Artist’s Detailed Process of Turning the Concept of ‘Writing’ into a Photo


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Photographer Alper Yesiltas has shared a detailed breakdown of how he came up with and executed a photo idea that embodied the idea of both “to read” and “to write.” While “to read” came to him quickly, “to write” took considerably more time and effort.

You may remember Yesiltas as the Turkish photographer who PetaPixel featured in 2018 for photo project that captured the same window for 12 years. This time, he challenged himself to make visible the idea of reading and writing.

His first image titled “To Read,” Yesiltas interpreted the idea through a burning newspaper, and the

Continue reading “An Artist’s Detailed Process of Turning the Concept of ‘Writing’ into a Photo”

The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




The School of Photography has shared a detailed 19-minute video breakdown that explains how to color grade in both Adobe Photoshop and the latest version of Lightroom, details the differences between the two systems, and talks why you might want to use one or the other.

Adobe recently released an update to Lightroom that changed the Split Toning feature into the Color Grading tool. We’ve shared techniques on how to use Lightroom’s new feature before, but adding to that here, Marc Newton from The School of Photography also explains what Color Grading is and explains how to get started

Continue reading “The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop”

The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




The School of Photography has shared a detailed 19-minute video breakdown that explains how to color grade in both Adobe Photoshop and the latest version of Lightroom, details the differences between the two systems, and talks why you might want to use one or the other.

Adobe recently released an update to Lightroom that changed the Split Toning feature into the Color Grading tool. We’ve shared techniques on how to use Lightroom’s new feature before, but adding to that here, Marc Newton from The School of Photography also explains what Color Grading is and explains how to get started

Continue reading “The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop”

The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




The School of Photography has shared a detailed 19-minute video breakdown that explains how to color grade in both Adobe Photoshop and the latest version of Lightroom, details the differences between the two systems, and talks why you might want to use one or the other.

Adobe recently released an update to Lightroom that changed the Split Toning feature into the Color Grading tool. We’ve shared techniques on how to use Lightroom’s new feature before, but adding to that here, Marc Newton from The School of Photography also explains what Color Grading is and explains how to get started

Continue reading “The Differences Between Color Grading in Lightroom Versus Photoshop”